Tuesday 4 January 3.00 pm
George X Fu (piano)
Ravel: Miroirs (27')
Oiseaux tristes (‘Sad birds')
Une barque sur l'océan (‘A boat on the ocean')
Alborada del gracioso (‘The jester's aubade')
La vallée des cloches (‘The valley of bells')
Chopin: Ballade no 4 in F minor Op 52 (12')
Rzewski: Selections from 'North American Ballads' (1979)
no 3 "Down by the Riverside" (7')
no 4 "Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues" (11' )
Described by the Boston Music Intelligencer as a “heroic piano soloist” with “stunning virtuosity”, George Xiaoyuan Fu is establishing a reputation as a captivating, versatile musician with distinctive intelligence and sensitivity.George has performed as a piano soloist with orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Stefan Asbury, Kensho Watanabe, Vinay Parameswaran, and Jonathan Berman. He has appeared at international venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Phillips Collection, and Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, while his live performances and interviews have been featured on several public television and radio broadcasts around the world, such as In Tune on BBC Radio 3, Performance Today on National Public Radio, and On Stage At Curtis in Philadelphia.
George continues a busy performance schedule in 2021. Highlights include important solo piano recital debuts at Kings Place in London and at the Presteigne Festival in Wales. Following a successful tour of Latin America with violist Roberto Díaz, George will also perform in two tours of Europe led by Curtis On Tour, in a trio with violinist Andrea Obiso and cellist Timotheos Petrin.
Passionate about the creation of new work, George is a composer and an avid performer of contemporary music. He has collaborated with eminent composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Harrison Birtwistle, Tansy Davies, Philip Cashian, George Lewis, Unsuk Chin, Matthew Aucoin, and Freya Waley-Cohen. Interested in collaborative work, George is a conductor, an active chamber musician with duo partners and ensembles around the world, and collaborator with artists of many disciplines.
After receiving a bachelors in economics from Harvard University, George studied at the Curtis Institute of Music under Jonathan Biss and Meng-Chieh Liu, and then at the Royal Academy of Music under Christopher Elton and Joanna MacGregor. He has also worked intensively with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, specifically on the music of Messiaen and Debussy. George is currently the Hodgson Piano Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, and receives career support as an artist of the Kirckman Concert Society, the City Music Foundation, and the Keyboard Charitable Trust.
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